Benthalbella infans Zugmayer, 1911
Zugmayer's pearleye
photo by SFSA

Family:  Scopelarchidae (Pearleyes)
Max. size:  13.8 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  bathypelagic; marine; depth range 0 - 4740 m, oceanodromous
Distribution:  Atlantic, Indian and Pacific: in tropical and subtropical waters. Absent in the Mediterranean and eastern tropical Pacific. Widespread throughout the Eastern Central Atlantic but recorded mainly between 30°N to 15°N; unknown from the Gulf of Guinea.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 0-0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 0-0; Anal spines: 0-0; Anal soft rays: 20-25
Biology:  Oceanic, mesopelagic or bathypelagic species (Ref. 6601, 58302). Most adults have been taken in hauls to depths considerably in excess of 500 m (Ref. 10755). Adults prey on other midwater fishes (Ref. 6691).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 21 May 2013 Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Sa-a, Pascualita - 20.02.96
Modified by: Reyes, Rodolfo B. - 18.07.13

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